We decide to come back on Monday, when people are back at work, and head down the street to the nearby Musée de l'Orangerie, to check out the line there. L'Orangerie is in the Tuilleries, the fabulous public gardens between the Louvre and Place de la Concorde, and our EuroStar ticket to Paris is supposed to get us a two-for-one ticket price. When we arrive, we find no line and that we can buy a discounted combination ticket for both the l'Orangerie and the Musee d'Orsay, across the river. This is great! The Musée d'Orsay always has long lines, but with a ticket in hand, we can bypass the lines and head right in at a later time. The attendant who takes our l'Orangerie ticket draws a small heart on the ticket (we must look like we're having fun) and tells us that, when we're ready, go to Door C at Musée d'Orsay for our expedited entrance.
But, meanwhile, l'Orangerie, in addition to its two large rooms of Monet Water Lilies, is featuring an exhibition (that didn't show on our list) of the collection of Jean Walter and Paul Guillaume, described as one of the finest European collections of paintings, with 146 works from the 1860s to the 1930s, from impressionism to modern art.
We wander, starting with the rooms of Water Lilies.
And, then, through some of the collection.
Works from the collection
But, after that, we must return for some more admiring and appreciating the water lilies.
They call us back
Alleyways of the Marché aux Puces de St-Ouen
We're searching for a silver appetizer holder and find several in the shops. While we discuss our negotiation strategy, we stop for lunch at a stand in the market and have two paninis (four-cheese and ham/cheese) and two glasses of wine.
Lunch at the market
Fortified, we wander some more, head back to the shop with the most interesting offering and start to negotiate. The item is marked at 140 euros and we eventually end up with it for 90 after a fun discussion with the vendor.